What did you not receive?

Have you ever gotten a compliment on your looks. Perhaps someone said, “You have nice eyes.” Or something like, “Your hair is pretty.” Or something of that nature. Most of the time, when someone is complimented on their looks, they feel good inside. It makes them happy. But let’s pause for a moment. Who was really getting complimented? I mean really? Did they spend years designing their eyes or something? Not really. God’s the one who gets the credit, so there is no reason to take pride in our appearance.

If you think about it, everything is God’s. He made everything and created this entire universe. Our looks were given to us. Our abilities were given to us. The opportunities we have, and the ability to take them, were given to us. Everything was a gift.

In 1 Corinthians 4 Paul warns the church not to be prideful. In the next verse he says, “For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?” Basically he says, how are you any different from any other person. What do you have that wasn’t given to you?

Obviously, all of us in this world have received our life, our being, and our entire existence from God. Look around you. There is nothing that you have or ever will have that is not by the grace of God. He provided all for you. So here’s the question, “What makes you different from another?” Why should you ever be puffed up with pride?

I challenge you, no matter how high or low your station may be, do not take evaluate yourself against another, or pride yourself on meaningless things. Realize that all you have has been given to you. You are no better or worse because of station, wealth, or physical appearance. God made you, and He gets the credit for it all.

“For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” – 1 Timothy 6:7

It’s all God’s, He made it out of nothing- He could make it all disappear. Let us give all glory to Him!


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